A 15-year-old female student snuck up behind a 16-year-old girl and stabbed her in the throat at Nash High School in Baily, North Carolina. The attacker reportedly used a scalpel to slash the victim’s throat. A school resource officer took the suspect into custody and the victim was transported to a hospital and then transferred to a different hospital for treatment.
In our work with schools in the United States and abroad, we find that most school weapons assaults involve edged weapons. School officials should be sure to consider edged weapons assaults in their prevention as well as school crisis preparedness strategies. Edged weapons assaults are a key school safety concern for schools as demonstrated by this type of school violence incident.